Learn about Commemorative Ware

Commemorative ware comprises items that are made to commemorate an event within a short time, before or after its occurrence.

Manufacturers have never been slow to exploit the commercial possibilities afforded by the tourist trade, or by events of national or even local interest, and souvenirs and commemorative ware offer the collector a wide and varied field.

Although commemorative pottery was known to exist from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the industry really got under way with the invention of transfer printing in the 1750s. George Ill's jubilee in 1809, the death of Princess Charlotte in 1817, and George IV's coronation, were among the earliest events to be commemorated on a large scale by the ceramics industry.

Thereafter coronations, royal weddings, births, jubilees, etc have all been memorialised on china. In the Victorian period commemorative wares were produced in ceramic, glass, wood, papier-mache, stone, metal, ivory, and many other materials.

Much commemorative ware is based on important events - coronations, weddings, anniversaries, visits - in the lives of the British Royal family. more...

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CRESCENT Miniature Diecast Coronation State Coach Carriage & Horses with original box

Baccarat crystal sulphide medallion British Royal paper weights by John Pinches 1976, of 'Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Anne & the Prince of Wales'. Condition good, minor scratches to the bases. Diameter 7.2 cm

A George V, and an Edward VIII coronation cup, an Edward VIII bowl and a Commonwealth cup and beaker and five Victorian porcelain teacups and two saucers

Australian SAS Golden Jubilee commemorative coin in fitted case

A Boer War silk scarf showing Lord Roberts & Queen Victoria, map & Arthur Sullivan tune, The Absent-minded Beggar. 44 x 46 cm.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles commemorative goblet, 1981, approx 16 cm high

Miniature portrait of Queen Victoria signed Andre after Winterhalter, set in a timber frame. Condition good, minor age related wear. Dimensions of frame 13 x 11.5 cm

Two various early Bakelite cups. Including 1937 George IV Coronation souvenir; & NSW 150th Anniversary. 1938. Both transfer printed. Height 9 cm & height 8 cm

2002 God Save Queen Golden Jubilee Mug The Royal Collection, approx 8 cm high

A Dieppe ivory figural carved triptych commemorating the coronation of Mary Queen of Scots. Circa 1887. Ivory 17.5 cm high

The silver Jubilee book of King George V and Queen Mary 'The story of twenty-five Eventful Years'

A ceramic commemoration mug, Queen Victoria's Jubilee 1887

Colonial seal, Prisoners Barracks & H.M Gaol Hobarton with ivory handle

Australian coat of arms with Queen Elizabeth II cipher, circa 1953. 58 x 65 cm

A fine 1954 Royal Australian Tour Ephemera collection, presented to the Royal train chef, Charles Roland Priest, during the Royal visit to Australia in 1954, a framed family photograph of Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and their children, signed

A Jubilee cup. Limited edition 22/500 made. Makers mark S J Rose & Son. Supplied by Harrods, London. Certificate supplied

Boxed spode, Royal wedding commemorative plate

William Dargie, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second, limited edition print 191/250, 56 x 42 cm

Beswick porcelain figure ' H.M. Queen Elizabeth II mounted on Imperial Trooping the colour 1957'. (leg repaired). 27 cm. Rare

A Coaplort china bowl commemorating the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Charles and lady Diana Spencer; limited edition 379/500. Diameter 26 cm

Two Edward VII Coronation mugs, June 26th, 1902. (2) height 9 cm

Coronation flag 1953 for Queen Elizabeth II, framed 58 x 90 cm

An important scrapbook compiled by Lesle S Woods, a member of the Australian Commonwealth Coronation Contingent 1911.Contains many original photos, newspaper clippings, invitations, tickets, programmes etc. Together with 1. large original photo of the rece

Sterling silver Royal wedding plate London 1973 Princess Ane & mark Phillips boxed with certificate from John Pinches limited editioniton of 1003 weighs approx 300grams measures 25 cm diameter

A silver Coronation medal, King George V and Queen Mary, June 22 1911, designed by Sir Bertram Mackennal. Diameter 51mm. (fitted case)

Boxed sterling silver commemorative QEII plate. Ltd ed. #81/100. Certificate available. Issued 1976 by Archive College of Australia. W368g

Pair of boxed 18ct yellow gold 1973 Royal Visit Sydney opera house medallions. Issued by Matthey Garrett with signed certificate for set 0668 available. In presentation box. W46.65g (total gold)

Coalport twin handled urn 'The Honour of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II' (has firing cracks to handl. Coalport twin handled urn 'The Honour of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II' (has firing cracks to handle area), approx 24 cm high

Hay Wrightson (1874-1949) Mary R 1944 Bromide print on card signed upper left inscribed London upper right, pencil signature of Queen Mary overdrawn in ink & dated 15.4 x 11.5 cm. Provenance: photograph sent to the Artist Gayfield Shaw in appreciation for

Sterling silver commemorative plate 'The Wedding of Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne to Captain Mark Phillips November 14th 1973', 25 cm diameter, 274 grams approx, certificate and presentation box included

A Royal Doulton Loving Cup to commemorate the reign of Edward VIII, with special backstamp to base, No. 112/2000. 13.5 cm x 16 cm

A Victorian silk. A fine silk scroll celebrating Queen Victoria honouring the German Emperor & Empress, 1891. Silk. 54 x 33 cm

Royal Doulton The King's Coronation dinner June 1902 porcelain beaker a/f, measures 10 cm high